North Carolina Aquarium At Fort Fisher, Kure Beach

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At North Carolina Aquarium At Fort Fisher you'll discover the marine life of the Cape Fear region. Touch sharks and sea urchins and meet a loggerhead sea turtle. In the freshwater life gallery that showcases streams, ponds, swamps, and trees, explore the world of freshwater fish, reptiles, and mammals. See box turtles, catfish, snakes, and even albino alligators. In the coastal waters gallery, you'll learn about the animals that live in the surf zone; then move through to the open oceans gallery for an education about animals that live farther off-shore such as octopus and jellyfish. Talk to the scuba divers as they swim with rays and observe the feeding of sturgeon, turtles, stingrays, and sharks. Use our Kure Beach tour planner to arrange your visit to North Carolina Aquarium At Fort Fisher and other attractions in Kure Beach.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Great small museum with a nice variety of exhibits! Especially enjoyed the jellyfish exhibit and how kid friendly everything was!  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    I was very pleased with the exhibit @ the North Carolina Aquarium. There were many species of sea life represented. There are opportunities to pet crabs, stingrays, & small sharks. There is also a gif...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    From our 3-year-old to his grandparents, and everyone in between, there was something there for everyone! Such beautiful displays of ocean life!  more »
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  • July 7, 2017
    The Aquarium is a fantastic local attraction; particularly for younger children. There are numerous live exhibits, quite often staffed by staff and volunteers who are extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the marine life they're presenting. There are also a number of outdoor activities, in addition to the indoor facilities. While not inexpensive on a per-visit basis, if you have children and are local, the annual pass is totally worth it; plus, you're supporting an ecological asset to the North Carolina coast.
  • May 27, 2017
    Very very impressed by this aquarium. I've seen them in a dozen states from both coasts and throughout the south. This is not bad. I think it is just barely overpriced, but I understand the cost of running this type of place is high. Lots of interactive events and things for kids. Would heavily recommend if you're in the area. Best attraction in town. Not the best aquarium I've been too, but it's excellent.
  • July 8, 2017
    My kids had a fun time here. They still talk about how they got to touch so many things! We also enjoyed an ice cream after we walked through. The kids really liked that too of course. It was a nice indoor activity the family.
  • July 8, 2017
    Price is great for what you get to see! Only costs like $11.95 for seniors and 7.95 for kids! We took our 7 year old grandson there and he really loved it! It has baby sharks, snakes in a different enclosed area! Great day with out grandson!
  • June 15, 2017
    They had lots of shows and special exhibits going on during our last visit. The staff is very nice and helpful. My favorite part is always the ocean exhibits, although I feel like some of the fish in the ocean area need to be in larger tanks. Certain places are quite dark so elderly and children should be careful, especially upstairs. There's a nice little playground outside but the ground was so hot our daughter couldn't play...it needs some more shade. The outside walkway area is nice but needs more. We didn't go to the Lorakeet exhibit.

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